Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink. Current guidelines recommend no more than two standard drinks a day for both men and women. For those who need to control weight or lose weight, it's a good idea to cut down your intake. It is also best to drink alcohol with a meal or some carbohydrate-containing food.

One standard drink is equal to:

  • 100 mL wine
  • 285 mL regular beer
  • 30 mL spirits
  • 60 mL fortified wine
  • 375 mL low-alcohol beer (less than 3% alcohol).

It is important to remember:

  • All alcoholic drinks are high in kilojoules and can contribute to weight gain
  • Too much alcohol can increase the risk of developing complications by putting on weight and increasing blood pressure
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol can cause hypoglycaemia if you are taking insulin or certain diabetes tablets
  • Low alcohol or ‘lite’ beers are a better choice than regular or diet beers because they are lower in alcohol
  • When mixing drinks use low joule/diet mixers such as diet cola, diet ginger ale, diet tonic water.
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